Skills Active and Te Mahi Ako honours outstanding achievers in Māori Sports Scholarship for 2023

Published 15 December 2023
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha Huri noa e te motu o ngā hau e whā Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa Specialising in work-based learning within the realms of active recreation, leisure, and entertainment, the Skills Active Group administers scholarships dedicated to Māori Sports.

In a celebration of excellence within te ahumahi ā-rēhia, Skills Active proudly announces Reece Cobb, a gymnastics prodigy, as the recipient of the Māori Sports Scholarship for 2023. This esteemed recognition is bestowed upon individuals who exemplify dedication and achievement.

Reece Cobb embarked on her journey towards the Olympics at the tender age of six, igniting a passion for gymnastics during those formative years. Guided by a devoted coach and propelled by an unwavering pursuit of excellence, Reece invested countless hours training with the unwavering goal of making it to the 2023 Olympics and proudly representing her country.

Reece has achieved so much in her career so far, notably placing first as New Zealand’s senior international gymnast for the second year in a row and securing the second overall position in the 2023 Oceania Championships, ranking her as the top New Zealand athlete. These hard-earned accomplishments placed her in the position to compete in the 2023 Olympic games – the first qualification event for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Reece’s future sees her competing in four major World Cup events that will also act as the qualification events to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Although Reece’s focus is currently on gymnastics, she looks forward to training as a midwife when she finishes her high school years. 

Skills Active chief executive Maren Frerichs says “Skills Active is so lucky to support exceptional people and athletes through their professional and educational journey. Reece has come such a long way to unlock her potential and realise her aspirations. It's an honour to award her this scholarship and contribute to her future professional pathways” 

No reira, kia kaha e Reece, kia māia, kia manawanui!


Media contact: Frankie Dale | | 021 198 4612 

Skills Active Aotearoa Group is a not-for-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, supporting capability development in te ahumahi ā-rēhia: the active recreation, leisure, entertainment and events sectors. 

Te Mahi Ako is part of the Skills Active group and supports individuals to develop themselves through real-life learning within businesses, iwi and communities.